“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Acts 4:13

“Unschooled” and “ordinary” may not be how you and I would want to be described, but those words do typify many of us. In fact, they probably describe us all in one way or another.

Despite being educated, I still am unschooled in many areas. As to ordinary, I know I fit into that category, coming from humble beginnings in a small Pennsylvania town. Yet as I reflect on my life, I am astonished at how God has chosen to use me in the work of His kingdom. Leaving the business world, my husband accepted a call into ministry, so at the same time I dove into a world with expectations and responsibilities for which I felt unprepared. Yet I began to see these as joy-filled opportunities that I could face with God’s power available to me.

Jesus promised His disciples that they would do the very works He had done. Stepping out in faith, Peter and John healed a crippled man. They saw many added to their community of faith. Through our weaknesses and ordinary lives, Jesus is glorified as we seek Him and yield to His Spirit.




Scripture Focus

Acts 4:1-20

Insight

C.S. Lewis said, “There are no ordinary people” (1941). The Lord has empowered His children with His very Spirit, and that is anything but ordinary!

Bible In A Year

  • Judges 1-2
  • Psalm 109
  • Romans 11-12